Assistantships are a type of funding unique to graduate students. At Ball State, full-time graduate assistants receive a tuition waiver (some fees still apply) and a yearly stipend, paid over 10 months. Stipend levels are determined by each academic unit. In exchange, students work 20 hours per week in the department or unit that awarded their assistantship.

The Department of Biology graduate committee begins reviewing applications for assistantships as early as February 1. If you want to be considered for an assistantship that provides a full tuition waiver and a stipend, you should complete your application by February 1 as well as three departmental recommendation forms (PDF).

Formal faculty sponsorship is important in the process for granting assistantships. We encourage you to learn about our faculty and their research interests, and contact faculty members to determine if they would be willing and able to serve as your research advisor. A faculty member who wants you to work in his or her research program can promote your application for an assistantship.